Common Read Program

FYE and the English Department has developed a Common Reading Program as a way to encourage first year students, staff, and faculty to engage in a shared experience. The 2013 – 2014 Common Read book is This I Believe. This is a way to build a community amongst our students as well as offer them an opportunity to connect with one another – both in the classroom and out.

Common Read Program: This I Believe

This I Believe

What is the Common Read Book?

This I Believe is an international organization engaging people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. Over 100,000 of these essays, written by people from all walks of life, are archived here on our website, heard on public radio, chronicled through our books, and featured in weekly podcasts. The project is based on the popular 1950s radio series of the same name hosted by Edward R. Murrow. (ThisIBelieve.org, 2013).

What is the purpose?

The purpose of the Common Read Program is to encourage first year students, staff, and faculty to engage in a shared experience. During the fall semester, faculty along with students and staff will lead in campus discussions that center on the themes and issues raised in the book. Incoming students will receive a free copy of This I Believe (Volume 1), and should begin reading the series of essays throughout the summer. The book will be used in English 1157 and UNIV 1001 courses.

How do I get involved?

  • Students will receive their copy of This I Believe during orientation
  • The book will be utilized during English 1157 as well as UNIV 1001
  • Students can attend programs such as book clubs

Spring 2014 Schedule (occur in the PEC, Student Success Center)

Tuesday, January 28 at 12:30 PM

  • Talking With the Sun, 112
  • When Children Are Wanted, 210
  • A Grown-Up Barbie, pg. 103

Thursday, January 30 at 12:30 PM

  • Always Go To The Funeral, 235
  • We Are Each Other's Business, 178
  • Mysterious Connections That Link Us Together, 171

Wednesday, February 5 at 10:00 AM

  • Tomorrow Will Be a Better Day, 194
  • Getting Angry Can Be a Good Thing, 168
  • The Light of a Brighter Day, 138

Friday, February 14 at 2:00 PM

  • A Grown-Up Barbie, 103
  • A Journey Toward Acceptance and Love, 31
  • Leaving Identity Issues to Other Folk, 10

Monday, February 17 at 11:00 AM

  • Tomorrow Will Be a Better Day, 194
  • The Fellowship of the World, 25
  • The 50% Theory of Life, 181

Friday, February 21 at 10:00 AM

  • The Light of a Brighter Day, 138
  • There is More to Life than My Life, 191
  • The Hardest Work You Will Ever Do, 37

Tuesday, March 11 at 5:30 PM

  • Remembering All the Boys, 16
  • A Daily Walk Just to Listen, 43
  • Have I Learned Anything Important Since I was Sixteen, 55

Thursday, March 13 at 12:30 PM

  • A Journey toward Acceptance and Love, 31
  • There is More to Life than My Life, 191
  • The God Who Embraced Me, 68

Friday, March 21 at 9:00 AM

  • An Athlete of God, 84
  • Happy Talk, 106
  • The Bright Lights of Freedom, 141

Monday, March 31 at 1:00 PM

  • An Ideal of Service to Our Fellow Man, 58
  • Science Nourishes the Mind and Soul, 93
  • In Giving I Connect with Others, 13